Friday, January 4, 2013

Ringing in the New Year!

It's always fun celebrating the New Year in Japan.  This year, we visited three families on three different days, each one of them serving us amazing food.  I'm pretty sure I've gained some holiday weight!  We did our annual visit to the Hokkaido shrine and hung our fortunes on the tree.  We also fit in some karaoke on New Year's day!  Perhaps you're wondering about the cat on Ethan's shoulders?  He belongs to our friends who used to live in New York City.  They found this cat there, and brought it with them to Japan when they came back.  Definitely the friendliest New Yorker we've ever met (I kid, I kid).

...And then yesterday, Nate and I got hit with a nasty stomach bug, and all New Year's activities came to a screeching halt.  It's forced us to stay inside and take it easy for a few days.  When I have the energy, I'll do some deep cleaning around the house, as is my tradition in the new year.

I'm sure I'll post about my goals for the new year soon, but for now, I don't really have the energy for it.  Right now, I'm happy with my boys and resting, and no makeup and my hair a mess.  Sometimes, you just gotta take things slow.

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